This one owner early production 1970 Rolex RED 1680 Submariner is absolutely stunning and comes with all kinds of history and accouterments specific to this Timepiece. The original owner purchased this Red Rolex Submariner 1680 brand new in 1971 at the U.S. Navy Exchange while stationed at U.S. Naval Base Naples Italy (NSA Naples) with the U.S.N’s 6th fleet serving aboard the USS Truckee (AO-147) This superb 1680 was originally Purchased in 1971′ for an astounding $175 USD. The original owner was looking for a Rolex Submariner with a Date while deployed overseas but the most commonly available models at the time were 5513’s and when he came across this Rolex Submariner 1680 and purchased it right away..
(USS Trukee AO-147 Mediterranean Sea Curse 1969-1970)
The original owner was a Captain in the U.S.N and was aboard the USS Truckee (AO-147) in 1971-1972 which was part of the U.S.N’s 6th fleet as a Neosho-class Fleet Oiler an was in active service from 1955 to 1994. The USS Trukee and the 6th fleet were stationed in the Mediterranean Sea as part of the 6th fleets Task force 63 (USN TF-63)
(USS Charles P. Cecil (DD-835) & USS. Truckee (AO-147) refueling Aircraft Carrier USS Forrestal (CVA-59) during an underway replenishment off the coast of Genoa, Italy)
The original owner took great care of this stunning 1680 and saved the original box, hang tags (which display serial #), the original U.S.N exchange sales receipt, and some of the service paperwork that which was used to ship the Timepiece back to Rolex for service which was done exclusively by Rolex NYC and By Rolex L.A. up until its most recent service which was done by an independent watchmaker.
|Bracelet||Rolex 9315 Folded Oyster Bracelet With Flip-Lock & 280 End-Links|
CASE & BRACELET
The case and bracelet of this fantastic early production 1970′ Rolex 1680 have been tastefully polished by Rolex during one of the service intervals. The polishing by Rolex is not typically overdone as is the case typically seen in Other Timepieces that are not serviced by Rolex. The Lugs are still fat and retain original sharp shape. The correct Rolex 9315 folded link bracelet comes complete with the original Rolex 280 end links that are specific to this era of Red Submariner 1680. This 1680 also retains the original and at the time newly released Trip-Lock crown with accompanying correct bezel insert. The insert is missing the tritium pear at the triangle which is common for watches of this vintage.
DIAL & HANDS
The dial of this early production red 16180 is fantastic condition showing wonderful warm original Tritium lume which has aged to warm creamy color, the hands of this 1680 are also matching and original to this Timepiece. When exposed to UV light the lume does glow intensely then immediately fades which is common for 1680’s of this era. The dial does posses a small blemish above the 2:00 marker where the dial meets the inner retaining ring or “Rehaut” which can only bee seen with a loupe. This Blemish was most likely caused when the rehaut was removed from the dial during one of the service intervals. These specific element has been highlighted in the photographs of the watch.
This stunning early production 1970 Rolex RED 1680 comes with all sorts of history and accouterments specific to this Timepiece. Included original box, hang tags (which display serial #), the original U.S.N exchange sales receipt, and some of the service paperwork that which was used to ship the timepiece back to Rolex for service which was done exclusively by Rolex NYC and By Rolex L.A. up until its most recent service which was done by an independent watchmaker.